Troy Deeney’s Self-Importance And Watershed Arsenal.

Morning, folks.

Today, I’ve got the house to myself. My fiancee is off traversing sunny Centre Parcs on her Hen-do, so I’ve a weekend that consists of football, gin and tonic, sitting around in my pants and generally eating things that would raise an eyebrow in her presence. That also means I’ve plenty of time to dedicate to blogging about the Arsenal, so keep your eyes peeled for a relentless flurry of delicious wordy goodness.

So, lets news.

There’s not too much in the way of interesting news today – just the usual tidbits and nuggets floating around in preparation of tomorrow’s game against Watford. That which stands out surrounds the previous year’s controversy and Watford’s Troy Deeney.

You’ll all know the comments, I’m sure. After Watford beat us at Vicarage Road, Deeney decided he’d pop up into the studio of whichever company was covering the game – BT Sport, I think –  and he made the following statement about Arsenal:

“I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming the decision as the reason they lost

I’m not going to be the one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason they lost and it wasn’t the penalty.

I’ll have to watch what I say. It’s (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts”

Begrudgingly, I’d admit there’s certainly an element of truth to that. But it wasn’t the validity of his claims that annoyed me, it was simply the fact that a no-mark, second-rate footballer felt it was his place to go onto live television and be disrespectful about fellow professionals – the vast majority of whom have accomplished far more in the game than he ever will. Football is game of opinions and everyone is entitled to theirs, but there is a time and a place. Had an Arsenal player done the same after a game and said something derogatory about other players, I’d say the same.

I understand he probably wanted his moment in the spotlight and the chance to feel relevant, but it was a poor decision and a poor reflection upon the man himself as he seemed far more concerned about himself and Arsenal than he did the fact his team had just secured a excellent win. If you’ve seen the interview, you’ll know he rattles on about himself and his “qualities” more than anything else.

I’m hoping he gets firmly put in his place tomorrow.

After the Milan game it’s very important to keep the good momentum going. Arsenal have a wonderful habit of making us fans believe that a new dawn is just around the corner before doing something utterly stupid and maddeningly sh*t-awful. Just when you think the lessons of the past have been learned, we go back to repeating the same mistake. Ad nauseam.

In the San Siro we looked a lot more like the Arsenal we are capable of being. However, there’s always that element of pessimism with me at the moment. I can’t help it. I think Arsenal have gradually programmed it into my conscious mind over numerous years and they’ve turned me into a miserable f*cker. But I’m currently trying to avoid that by remembering that Arsene Wenger has always managed to pull something out of the bag when times have gotten tough.

Last year he did it by winning the FA Cup agains the odds after a season that was extremely disappointing. Our league form has dropped even more so in this campaign. At the tail-end of last season we picked up our performances and went on a superb run in the final 10 games. Hopefully, we can do something along the same lines this time around and get ourselves the Europa League.

I think Asrene’s time at Arsenal is very much dependant on that. Should we win it – and I do mean SHOULD – then there’s a very high chance he’ll be finishing the remaining year of his current contract. If we don’t and we finish well outside the Champions League spots – which looks a certainty at this point – then I have a feeling this season will be his last.

That’s all for today, folks. Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the game.

Until that time, and as always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Soundtrack to this post:

Little Dragon – ‘Wanderer’

7 thoughts on “Troy Deeney’s Self-Importance And Watershed Arsenal.”

  1. The fact that Troy does not have the silky skills of Mustafi or the heart and effort of Ozil does not make him a second rater – to have succeeded the way he has is 100% about his dedication and effort – he is the heart and soul of a team that has beaten you the last 2 times we have played – will we lose tomorrow as a result? – probably, but outside the bubble you live in, even the most devoted gooner must know that he was correct and that is what every other teams fans know already – He is the opposite of what you have – he makes 200% of his abilities whereas many Arsenal players are beaten by heart and effort – like it or not the noise in your head is the sound of a nail being hit in the middle!

    1. @Ian:

      If you read the post, you’ll have seen the part where I said his words weren’t exactly wrong. No problem with what he said as it’s true to an extent. However, he shouldn’t be on TV saying it. He made a good Watford performance about himself and bad mouthing others. That’s a twatty thing to do in anyone’s book. And that’s exactly the behaviour of a 2nd-rate footballer.

  2. So you criticise Deeney – but what about Wenger for publicly criticising the referee for giving a reasonably clear penalty. If someone is brought down in the box there is always the possibility of a penalty being given. Deeney was only commenting on public excuses being made.

  3. As a Watford fan I actually agree with some of what you said about Troy and those unnecessary comments.

    As a footballer though – he’s a lot more that you probably see from the outside. He’s been the heart and goals of a team that’s grown from a club that was threatened with relegation from the championship to one that’s occasionally beating top four and (hopefully) relatively safe in the Prem. And there is a surprising amount of ships, deftness of touch and footballing vision in that bulldog of a player that you want see if you are just setting match of the day “highlights”.

    Now at times this does seem to have gone to his head . And if you look at his form/suspensions post those comments (even if they are hard to disagree with) then that shows that as well as being disrespectful those comments didn’t help him or the team.

    Or maybe we’re all missing the point, and he’s just getting ready for a post football punditry career al la Savage.

    The bad news for you guys is his head seems to be in the right place at the moment as are his shootin boots (let’s hope I don’t regret saying that before today’s game!).

    Hope your season turns around (after 5pm today!)

    You Horns!

    1. @Tiger:

      I’ll certainly concede your knowledge of Deeney’s abilities far outweighs mine.

      My statement regarding us “putting him firmly in his place” could just as easily come back to bite me in the arse, so we’ll just have to see how it goes 🙂

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